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Iran's president claims his military is region's best chance in fight against Islamic State

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, speaks at a military parade marking the 35th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, attended by Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, right,in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. President Rouhani said Tuesday his country’s military is the most reliable force to take on “terrorists in the region” - a reference to the extremist Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, speaks at a military parade marking the 35th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, attended by Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, right,in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. President Rouhani said Tuesday his country’s military is the most reliable force to take on “terrorists in the region” - a reference to the extremist Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a military parade marking the 35th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. President Rouhani said Tuesday his country’s military is the most reliable force to take on “terrorists in the region” - a reference to the extremist Islamic State group while offering help to neighboring nations in case of fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a military parade marking the 35th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. President Rouhani said Tuesday his country’s military is the most reliable force to take on “terrorists in the region” - a reference to the extremist Islamic State group while offering help to neighboring nations in case of fight against terrorism. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

The Iranian president says his country's military is the most reliable force to take on "terrorists in the region" — a reference to the extremist Islamic State group.

Hassan Rouhani says Iranian troops are willing to help both Iraq and Syria in the struggle against IS militants, but insisted Tehran has no military intentions toward other nations.

Rouhani's speech at an annual parade Tuesday in Tehran was broadcast live on state TV.

He says that if the "terrorists begin to expand in the region, the only hope will be Iran's army and the Revolutionary Guards."

Rouhani said Mideast nations should not put too much faith in "Western powers as their defenders."

Iran has already sent military advisers to both Iraq and Syria to help in the battle with IS militants.